American professor Robert Traum embarks on an adventurous and amusing journey through Bucovina to find Sami the projectionist, the only person alive that can tell him anything about his Romanian Jewish descent. His symbolic journey is filled with danger, the unknown and the surreal, but finally rewarded with a double love: on the one hand he finds romantic love, on the other the passion for old cinema, nomad, popular, naive and generous. Written by
"Stranger than Paradise" meets Wild East "Cinema Paradiso"
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Did You Know?
The turbo-folk song (called "manea") heard in the bar scene where Traum first encounters the Ukrainian gangsters, was written and performed entirely by Johannes Malfatti, the film's soundtrack composer. Although unfamiliar with this type of music and the Romanian language, Malfatti insisted on singing the lyrics himself. See more
I still believe in happy endings and I dream of the day when you will show up and tell me "I'm Robert Traum". What a beautiful dream!